‘Do au­dit on suc­cess of land re­form in Ne­gros’

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NE­GROS Oc­ci­den­tal Vice Gov­er­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son is push­ing for an au­dit of the lands that had al­ready been given to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Ne­gros.

“Let us do an au­dit on the lands that have been trans­ferred to ben­e­fi­cia­ries. Are they in a bet­ter po­si­tion now than be­fore? I’d like to see suc­cess sto­ries rather than base the suc­cess of land re­form on the num­bers of hec­tarage given to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries. Suc­cess sto­ries in terms of their lives are im­proved, their pro­duc­tion is good, that’s what I would like to see,” Lac­son said.

Lac­son made the af­ter Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte said to put Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal un­der land re­form.

“I think we need clar­i­fi­ca­tion if the pres­i­dent said that he will put Ne­gros un­der Land Re­form Pro­gram be­cause, through Com­pre­hen­sive Agrar­ian Re­form Pro­gram, we were al­ready un­der land re­form,” Lac­son pointed out.

“So did he mean that he will ex­tend the pro­gram?... I un­der­stand there are many pend­ing farm­lands that had not been trans­ferred to ben­e­fi­cia­ries. I think we should just wait to clar­ify the mat­ter,” he added.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, Wen­nie San­cho, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of Gen­eral Al­liance of Work­ers As­so­ci­a­tion ques­tioned the sin­cer­ity of Duterte’s state­ment.

San­cho said there should be a thor­ough re­view of the land re­form pro­gram whether it has re­ally ben­e­fit­ted the ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

“The gov­ern­ment should solve the prob­lem brought about by feu­dal­ism through gen­uine land re­form pro­gram,” San­cho pointed out.*

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